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Pride Glasgow 2008

On Saturday (August 30th), the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society attended Pride Glasgow and the Not-Quite-So-Friendly Humanist has a report and pictures. We hosted a stall with friendly faces and materials on humanism and human rights, with support and encouragement from the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association and the Humanist Society of Scotland.

It seems to have become a rather sad tradition that I initiate and organise our attendance and then find myself unable to be there on the day. However, it is very important to me to have humanists attending pride and celebrating diversity and supporting human rights.  The personal arenas of sexuality and gender identity are still particularly targeted by religious belief and intolerant attitudes and humanists have a responsibility and opportunity to address this. In fact, humanists in the UK have been offering same sex affirmation ceremonies since 1987. Outside of religious edict and conservative traditional views, there is no logical reason to object to or enforce any kind of sexuality as long as it’s consenting, and likewise with gender. Sex, love and gender are of great importance to the individual, but society and religion have no place dictating individual behaviour in these matters.

Carnival time!

The 24th Humanist Symposium blog carnival has been posted over at The Uncredible Hallq, and I am happy to say that my post about Representation has been included. There’s a good array of intelligent, thoughtful and entertaining articles by a host of atheist and humanist bloggers. It’s a great way to get a taste of what’s out there. Please do head over and have a look, and to anyone who’s come here from the symposium: Welcome!

Continuing the carnival theme, the Edinburgh University Humanist Society will be at Pride Glasgow this coming Saturday (30th August) celebrating diversity and human rights. We’ll be manning a stall with some help from our friends from the Humanist Society of Scotland and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.  The stalls are on from 10am to 5pm in George Square, Glasgow and we’d love to see you, so come by, say hello and enjoy the goings on.